Leech Lake Tourism Development Plan

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was awarded funds to complete a Comprehensive Tourism Development Plan to identify opportunties to increase recreational and tourism economic activities. The project is being led by 106 Group, a Minnesota based company that specializes in tourism development. The plan is to be completed in mid-2024.

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Broadband Expansion

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was award $18.7 million to enhance broadband for Native American households in remote areas on the Reservation by installing 153 miles of fiber optic cable and constructing nine new wireless towers. 

Data Sovereignty Initiative

In 2023, Leech Lake was awarded US HUD Distressed Communities Technical Assistance Grant (DCTA) to develop a data sovereignty structure.

The tribe will be working with BCT Partners over the next 18-24 months to create a system that will accurately collect important social, economic, and demographic data while also maintaining the rights to control who has access to the information.

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Mashkode-Bizhikiwag Initiative

The Buffalo Reintroduction Project is a transformative effort to bring the American buffalo back to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe territory, intertwining ecological restoration with cultural revival. Click to learn more about our journey towards rekindling ancient bonds and fostering a sustainable future.

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S. Lake Cultural and Tourism Center

The 16-acre site is located in the S. Lake Community and along the Avenue of The Pines Scenic Byway.  The project involves demolishing a long-closed school and building a Cultural and Tourism Center.

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Wild Rice Processing Facility Planning

Operating our own facility will lead to new jobs, market expansion, and better efficiency. 

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Cultural Food Hub

Tribal Development is assisting Food Distribution in remodeling and expanding their current facility into a cultural food hub. 

This is being funded by $1.8 million Indian Community Development Block Grant

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